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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  July 13, 2011 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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get a break today? do i have to sit inside with towels on my head watching the entire kate hudson catalog on demand? it's way too early for that. good morning. i'm willie geist. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on siris/xm radio. shoot me an e-mail early and let you know what you're doing at this hour. 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, july the 13th. a lot to tell you about again today, including new details about the plot that led to the as asad nation of hamid karzai's half brother. we'll have a live report this morning.
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plus, a tough message for fugitives this morning. do not, i repeat, do not appear on a nationally televised dating show as this guy did just before he was nabbed. we'll have his story a bit later. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. with the august 2nd deadline now just about 2 1/2 weeks away, congressional leaders heading back to the white house today for yet more negotiation. their fourth meeting in a week to try to raise a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. president obama discussed the potential consequences of default with cbs news. >> can you tell the folks at home that no matter what happens, the social security checks are going to go out on august the 3rd? they're about $20 billion worth of social security checks that have to go out the day after the government is supposedly going to go into default. >> well, this is not just a matter of social security checks. these are veterans checks, these are folks on disability and
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their checks. there are about 70 million checks that go out. >> can you guarantee as president those checks will go out on august 3rd? >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue because there may not be the money in the coffers to do it. >> the president is still pushing for a comprehensive deal in the neighborhood of $4 trillion worth of cuts. senator majority leader mitch mcconnell calls the president's vision smoke and mirrors. >> after years of discussions and months of negotiations, i have little question that as long as this president is in the oval office, a real solution is probably unattainable. >> with both parties in a standoff over tax increases and cuts to entitlement programs, mcconnell yesterday proposed sort of a backup plan to avoid default. the proposal would give the president of the united states authority to raise the debt limit in three installments leading up to the 2012 election
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without having to agree to spending cuts up front. president obama would have to submit proposals for spending cuts with each request to raise the debt ceiling. senator mcconnell says the plan is not his first choice, but republicans want to send a signal to the markets that there could be a way out if they don't reach an agreement on a bigger deal. speaker boehner echoed that sentiment on fox news last night. >> mitch, i think, pointed out, this was his idea, if we can't get there, none of us believe we ought to default on the full faith and credit of the united states government. i think that idea, and there are other ideas out there in terms of backup plans in case we can't come to an agreement. >> doesn't that undercut you? >> not at all. i think everybody believes there needs to be a backup plan if we are unable to come to an agreement. frankly, i think mitch has done good work. >> mcconnell's plan is already drawing backlash for many concerned and upset that cuts
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could be off the table according to his idea. and former republican senator allen simpson who could chaired the president's bipartisan deficit committee says he is disgusted by republicans undermining any chance of compromise. >> this is turning into a laugh, except it's nothing funny about it. >> it's the stuff that's going on in my party or the pettiness overcomes the patriotism, it's disgusting to me. >> many on capitol hill city the plan undercuts eric cantor's $2 trillion debt package proposal. and debt concerns are growing in europe where moody's is taking aim at the credit rating of the country in just one week. the rating agency warning ireland that it will likely need a second bailout. steve sedgwick is live for us in london. it's hard to keep up with which country is going down next. >> it is incredible. and once the country has gone
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down and got their bailout, you expect them to come off the agenda for a little bit. but a second bailout could be necessary. the problem that moody's is citing is that private investors are being put off investing in government bonds in the meantime because they would be made to bail out. and putting pressure on the other agencies, as well. as you would expect, the irish finance ministry is very angry about this saying it's completely odd with the recent views of all agencies and the progress we are making is there for all to see. back to you. >> all right, steve, it continues in europe. thanks so much. meanwhile, british prime minister david cameron is joining calls for newscorp chairman rupert murdock to withdraw his takeover bid for british sky broadcasting. a scandal that scotland yard now says may have targeted as many
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as 4,000 people. nbc's stephanie goss is in london for an update on moisture dough dock. >> the british public is looking for answers. the head of newscorp corporation rupert murdock, his son, james, and rebecca brooks have been asked to testify next week in front of a parliament. in an interview on the bbc, former prime minister gordon brown accused news international of employing known criminals to dig up personal information. >> i'm shocked. i'm genuinely shocked to find that this happened. because of the links with criminals. >> in 2006, a murdock paper run at the time by rebecca brooks reported that brown's newborn son had cystic fibrosis.
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now brown questions the methods the paper used to get that information. but a statement from news indianaer national says the story ran from a member of the public whose family has also experienced cystic fibrosis. also on the defensive, investigators from scotland yard who face accusations that police accepted bribees from reporters. >> an organization of 50,000 people, we have always said that some of those 50,000 people will be corrupt and accept payments. >> with the investigation widening daily here in the uk, some are wondering if the scandal will spread to murdock's media holdings in the u.s. >> we need to find out affirmatively, look into whether or not american citizens had their phones hacked into by any murdock journalist. >> for now, it's proving to be enough to tarnish the image of a worldwide media empire. stephanie goss reporting for us here in london. here in the united states,
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west virginia senator jay rockefeller is calling for an investigation to see if any of the alleged hacking has targeted any u.s. citizens. rockefeller saying there will be, quote, serious consequences if newscorp violated any u.s. law. the president of whhamid karzai's brother rocking the world of afghanistan. joining us now from kabul, nbc's atia aboui. how did this happen in the fist place? we're getting new details, i know, about how exactly he was assassinated. >> good morning, willie. also referred to as awk was the younger half brother of president hamid karzai. he was shot and killed in his home yesterday in kandahar. a trusted security guard and confidant went into the home using that trust, lured awk out
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of a meeting, sent him into another room where they were alone the sign papers. as awk was signing those papers, that's when mohammed shot him. it's unclear if he shot hit twice in the head or three times in various parts of his body. right now what's confusing everyone is where did mohammed shoot karzai? what we understand is they're from the same klan, that they're, in fact, distant relatives. the taliban claimed responsibility saying they've worked with sadar mohammed for some time now. but many believe it could be because of a tribal feud which confuses everyone when it comes to afghanistan, because we have to remember there's more than just the taliban at play here. >> and mr. karzai's body was later hung over the streets in kandahar. can you put into perspective for
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viewers in the united states what his death means in that country? >> reporter: absolutely. when you look at awk, everyone has heard about his narco trading, possibly being involved in the narcotics trading, possibly being involved in the backhand tradings. but the u.s. and nato officials i've spoken to for the last few years here said they needed awk. he was a stabilizing factor in kandahar and that his death mrooefs leaves behind a strong power vacuum that many people are afraid of what exactly will fill that vacuum. a lot of people think it's going to be an even more dangerous power broker or the taliban. >> all right. thanks so much. we appreciate it. as always, we'll talk to you again soon. president obama awarding the medal of honor to a living recipient for just the second time since the vietnam war. sergeant first class lee row petrey lost his right hand and part of his arm throwing a
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grenade away from fellow soldiers in 2008. the president yesterday praising the army ranger's historic heroism during a ceremony at the white house. petrey spoke with brian williams saying he's honored to have been singled t. >> everyone says how do you have such a great attitude? a lot of the people i met that were wounded, they have great attitudes, too. at the same time, a lot of these men and women, their limbs or bodies are hurt or severed, whatever, they have their bodies stolen from them, almost. they're driving down the road and they don't see the enemy. it's just you wake up or you're laying there and you're disfigured now. i had the choice to do what i did and fully metally knowing about what the dangers were. and it was my choice. >> sergeant first class lee row
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petry is the nation's 85th now living medal of owner recipient. we congratulate him and thank him for his service. still ahead, the all-star game was last night in phoenix, but derek jeter, voted to be the american league starter shortstop was in miami with his tv star girlfriend. we'll break down the outrage. plus, word that it may be okay to come out of the house today after yesterday's triple digit heat across the country. a check on weather and much more. [ male announcer ] the network --
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beautiful live picture at 5:46 in the morning from the top of our building here at 30 rock in new york city. boy, was it hot yesterday for a lot of you. let's get a check on weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, a little relief today? >> yeah. it was a good chance yesterday was the hottest day of the summer and it will stay that way. good morning, everyone. we are starting off with temperatures a little cooler. remember yesterday at this time? in louisville, it was 102 heat index. the humidity levels have dropped for the ohio valley, st. louis, by d.c. and philadelphia, it's not as humid. is that knot the case in the south. we're still going to see the oppressive heat, though. oklahoma through arkansas, louisiana, mississippi, georgia and right up through the carolinas. that's for today. it's a little bit still dangerous.
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that's where the heat index will be 100 to 110. look at today's highs, a little cooler, not cold, but cooler. d.c., st. louis, louisville, around 90 instead of being up there around 00 degrees. as far as the forecast, thunderstorms still possible in the southeast. it will be those typical afternoon showers. and willie, it looks like we're getting a little break. >> okay. >> then the heat is going to come back and it could come back big time next week. next week is looking like we could be sweating it out once again. >> more of those 115 heat indexes we saw today. >> yeah. we begin with baseball's all-star game in phoenix. the winning league gets homefield advantage in the world series. in the bottom of the -- there's the tip of the cap from brian wilson of the giants. why not show that? second inning, toronto's jose a
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batista clearly sliding. risked life and limb. nice play. dave robertson likes it. the game was scoreless in the fourth when adrian gonzalez takes cliff lee deep to right center. a shot. first one of the game, a.l. up, 1-0. batista trying to score from second. watch the gun from hunter pence of the astros. just a dart. prince fielder, talk about his shot. that's a three-run home run about as deep as you can hit it there. one swing, the national league has the lead. jordan walden gets the runner here, castro at home. a nice bare hand play. gets him at the plate. the national league was ahead, 5-1, in the eighth inning. as you see this play at the plate, heat bell still excited to get into the game. let's see you get in. ready? here he comes.
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if i full sprint all the way from the bull pen. then ooets watch, he's going to slide into the pitcher's mound. you know what? it's your moment at the all-star game. do it. national league win, 5-1. it wouldn't be an all-star game without controversy. this year, derek jeter voted an all-star starter by the fans. and he chose, because he was tired, not to play in the game. says he was physically exhausted. also says he has a sore right calf. where was he during the game? here is the back page of the new york post calling his captain hooky. jeter was hanging out with his girlfriend, actress mi nka kelly, a move that some wish he would have shown up at the game. but commissioner bud selig came to educator's defense saying yesterday, there isn't a player i'm more proud of in the last 15 years than derek jeter.
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i know why derek jeter isn't here. i respect that. and i must tell you, i think i would have made the same decision that derek jeter did. case closed, my friend. work production will slow down around the country today at about 11:30 eastern time because that's when the united states women take on france in the semifinals of the women's world cup. the winner faces either sweden or japan in the final. the united states, of course, coming off that incredibly dramatic win in the quarterfinals. should be a great game today. coming up at the top of the hour on ""morning joe,"" president obama hosts another let's make a deal on capitol hill today. we'll discuss what happens next with our crew. and when we come back here, we'll huddle up around the water cooler to watch a chinese fugitive nabbed after appearing on a nationally televised dating show.
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still no deal on the debt ceiling as president obama requests $4 trillion in cuts. the debate, of course, over raising revenue and making those big cuts, perhaps, to entitlement programs. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends that
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each month, spending by the oouts government outpaces revenue generated by about $118 billion. that's the reported average for this year. the government currently borrows money to make up that difference using those funds to help pay creditores and other operations. if no deal is reached and the debt ceiling is not increased, the treasury department would not have the authority to borrow any more money. enough with the real news. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch another pundit. yesterday we professed our love for the republican presidential contender after hearing a few cuts of his 1990s gospel album "sunday morning." ♪ this is the day the lord has made ♪ ♪ rejoice and be glad >> we love her man cane's voice. just another layer to the ledgeend. last night, one seeven colbert
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hopped aboard the bandwagon. >> folks, we are only 16 months away from the presidential 2012 election. i am as excited as a kid on the 483rd night before christmas. and what's gotten me jazzed is that the republican field is primarying with superstars. i don't know how i'll decide between the two of them. it's like an all you can eat buffet. you've got white bread, white rice, cream of wheat, potatoes, mashed potatoes, boiled poe take toys, packing peanuts and for dessert, herman cane. >> when it comes to presidential candidates, i look first for an easily rhymed name. and folks, i am insane in the
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membrane for herman cain. he's hotter than propane. so he could use some rogaine. it is herman for sherman. he drinks tequila and leaves the worm in. the other candidates are squirming. i've determined he's not german. >> i'll tell you what, that's kind of a nice flow by stephen colbert. not bad. an escaped inmate in china, he'd been out for 13 years after escaping from prison, was recognized after this nationally televised appearance. ♪ >> very fine voice. the man can dance, as you can see here. the problem swb he's a murderer. escaped from prison 13 years ago. a woman watching the show recognized him, phoned police and he has been apprehended. the gentleman named wu gong,
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